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Kensuke Tanaka | Outfielder

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (37) / 5/20/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 170
Bats / Throws: Left / Right

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Rangers released OF Kensuke Tanaka.
Tanaka requested his release in other to pursue another opportunity. He was hitting .258/.340/.371 over 62 games at Triple-A Round Rock. Sun, Jul 20, 2014 02:17:00 PM

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Kensuke Tanaka has been told that he will not make the Rangers' Opening Day roster.

With Tanaka out of the mix, the Rangers will carry Donnie Murphy and either Josh Wilson or Adam Rosales on the Opening Day roster. Of course, none inspire much enthusiasm as fill-ins for Jurickson Profar.
Thu, Mar 27, 2014 04:34:00 PM

Kensuke Tanaka is playing second base for the Rangers in Monday's Cactus League game.

Tanaka has only played the outfield in the majors, but he made 55 appearances at second base in 2013 at Triple-A. The Rangers are trying to find a fill-in for Jurickson Profar, who is out 10-12 weeks with a torn teres major muscle near his shoulder.
Source: MLBlogs
Mon, Mar 24, 2014 11:19:00 AM

Rangers signed OF Kensuke Tanaka to a minor league contract.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training, according to NPB Tracker's Patrick Newman. The 32-year-old Tanaka, not to be confused with the phenom pitcher of the same surname, slashed .267/.353/.267 in 30 at-bats with the Giants this past season. He'll be organizational depth for the Rangers.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 08:02:00 PM

The Rangers are interested in Kensuke Tanaka.

That's according to a report from Sponichi in Japan, translated by the Dallas Morning News. Tanaka was released by the Giants in September despite posting a promising set of numbers at Triple-A Fresno -- including a .400 OBP and 22 steals. The 32-year-old utilityman was a teammate of Rangers ace Yu Darvish on the Nippon Ham Fighters. He plays outfield and infield.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 12:53:00 PM

Giants released UTIL Kensuke Tanaka.

Tanaka was designated for assignment by the Giants on Tuesday. The versatile 32-year-old from Japan posted a decent .329/.400/.397 batting line with 22 stolen bases in 107 games this season at Triple-A and should be able to latch on with a new organization rather quickly.
Thu, Sep 5, 2013 10:33:00 AM

Giants designated INF/OF Kensuke Tanaka for assignment.

Tanaka batted .267/.353/.267 over 15 games during his time with the big club earlier this season. The 32-year-old is capable of playing left field and second base, though we doubt he attracts suitors during the waiver process.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 03:36:00 PM

Giants optioned INF/OF Kensuke Tanaka to Triple-A Fresno.

Tanaka batted .267/.353/.267 over 15 games during his time with the big club but had seen his playing time cut with Jeff Francoeur taking over in left field.
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 08:13:00 PM

Giants purchased the contract of INF/OF Kensuke Tanaka from Triple-A Fresno.

The 32-year-old Tanaka made the move over the states this season after a long career in Japan. He was batting .330/.392/.394 with no homers and 20 steals at Fresno at the time of his recall. Tanaka is capable of playing left field and second base, but the Giants plan to use him exclusively in the outfield.
Tue, Jul 9, 2013 07:29:00 PM

Giants reassigned INF Kensuke Tanaka and Cs Jackson Williams and Johnny Monell to minor league camp.

Tanaka, 31, batted .229 (11-for-48) with a double, two RBI and four stolen bases in 19 games this spring. He'll stick around as middle infield depth in the minors.
Thu, Mar 21, 2013 04:36:00 PM

Giants signed INF Kensuke Tanaka to a minor league contract.

He's been given an invitation to spring training and will compete for a utility job. Tanaka batted .300/.350/.363 with three homers and 13 stolen bases this past season for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. He doesn't project as a high-impact player.
Wed, Jan 9, 2013 10:55:00 PM

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that the Giants are close to signing Japanese infielder Kensuke Tanaka to a minor league deal.

Tanaka would receive an invitation to spring training, where he would compete for a utility job. A former All-Star for the Nippon Ham Fighters, Tanaka batted .300/.350/.363 with three homers and 13 steals this past season.
Wed, Jan 9, 2013 06:13:00 PM

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